Memphis, TN | Painting, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Drawing, Installation
Holt Brasher was born on the day of October 12, 1989 in a hospital room located in some desolate northeastern Louisiana town after being conceived, possibly, to an Eagles song. He was then raised in the small farming town of Oak Grove, Louisiana where nothing ever seems to change except for additional churches and banks being built. His earliest memories involve soap opera theme songs at deafening levels, falling down flights of stairs in the dark, being sick every day for years, KISS songs played loudly through a Walkman, and Kevin Sorbo as Hercules on a miniscule TV set. In this small, oppressive town he would come to find solace in video games, B-Movies, toys, wrestling, comedians, punk music, comics, and his own insane imagination, which helped convince the towns inhabitants he wasn't right in the head. He began drawing at a young age, often copying the box art of video games, later graduating to comic books and cartoons, and even drafting as well. After a long and rebellious youth, he was accepted into the University of Louisiana at Monroe where he fell for the graphic nature and underground appeal of printmaking. He would go on to earn his BFA in printmaking in the fall of 2012. He then proceeded to dig a tiny hole in the ground in Memphis and began to attend the University of Memphis. He expanded upon printmaking, specifically relief woodcuts, into a more sculptural field to push the idea of the print. He received his MFA in the spring of 2016, and now is working on future installations concerning the idea of the small, country town, all while finding time to play a video game or two.
Big guns, Red meat, Stale cigarettes, Cheap beer, Countless churches, and Southern pride, all elements of the environment encasing me in my formative years growing up in a small farming town in northeastern Louisiana. Once these individual components have been stirred up and coagulate together, they form the stereotypical stew for Southern identity often propagated by countless forms of media, and sadly also often true in the case of the inhabitants of my hometown. Living in this desolate area proved to be an uphill battle for individuals that identified as alternative, such as my friends and myself, and I often found solace in comic books, video games, art films, and punk rock. Years later, I've found myself intrigued by the issues evident in small, southern towns. The maintained poverty levels, segregation lines, abhorrence of health and education, and constructed identity from cliches and stereotypes all feed into the basis of my work as I confront my identity and these areas. I welcome the audience to confront the inhabitants of these installations and join in the ongoing conversation and power dynamic within, just don't spill their beer.